Last night we made view finders and spent the rest of the night drawing a chair viewed through the view finders. One was 6″ by 4″ and the other was 3″ by 2″. It’s a little hard to see my drawings because it’s done on newsprint and I used HB lead. Apparently the softer leads show up better on newsprint.
I didn’t like drawing on the newsprint very much. It doesn’t like an eraser and the eraser is my friend. If the instructor allows, I think I’ll use my drawing paper from now on.
A friend let me know about Mica Hendricks who blogs at Busy Mockingbird. She’s an amazing artist who finally gave in and let her 4-year-old finish her drawings of faces. They are adorable, funny, clever and interesting.
I instantly wondered what would happen if I tried the same with Charlotte. Never mind that I haven’t drawn a face in nearly 20 years. Or the fact that I was never really that great. I was inspired and I wasn’t going to let my lack of experience and talent get in the way!
The first picture I found was of my mom as a toddler. I drew her face really quickly, in about 10 minutes. I’m so bad with teeth. I really hope I learn how to draw teeth during this course. Then I let Charlotte finish it off. She didn’t really seem that excited about it. With some prodding she added the flower, butterfly and boat. But I do really like how her arms are coming out of her chin!
I told my mom about it and she requested that it be colored. Charlotte wasn’t interested so I let Ana do it. She was really excited about this. I admit that I struggled to stay quiet when she started coloring the face!
I drew over the lines to make them darker and stand out a bit more. But now I wish I hadn’t. Oh well, it sure was an interesting activity to do with the girls!
We went to Target today and I really wanted to get this for Ana! Then she could actually defend herself when Caleb plays with his Nerf gun.